As a father of third-generation Davis residents whose grandparents spent endless hours working to better our schools and community, it is disheartening to see the inequitable distribution of resources within our schools. The lack of respect and dignity displayed in the dialogue about the inequities between traditional and magnet programs is distracting from addressing the underlying issues.
I want to simply ask that the parents, teachers and administrators lead by the example they want to set for their children and students. We have created wonderful magnet programs to teach our children Spanish, provide self-directed learning opportunities and meet the needs of high-achieving children.
Unfortunately, the unintended consequence of creating separate magnet programs is that there are clear inequities between these programs and the neighborhood schools that house them. Separate but equal never results in equality. It is time that we come together to address these inequities.
Please, end the name-calling and finger-pointing. Let’s look at the data and use the tremendous resources our community has to offer to create equitable learning opportunities for all of our children.